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2015 AASPA CME Meeting & Surgical Update
We hope you will join us Oct. 1 – 4, 2015 at the Hilton Suites Chicago/Magnificent Mile, Chicago, Illinois, for our 15th Annual AASPA CME Meeting.

Join fellow surgical PAs, PA educators, PA students, pre-PA students and surgical industry leaders at the 15th Annual Surgical CME, preceding the Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons!

This exciting, hands-on surgical meeting will be held at the fabulous Hilton Suites Chicago in the heart of incredible Chicago.

If you are looking for a qualified surgical PA, this is the ideal venue to fill that position. For industry exhibitors looking for "high touch face time" with surgical PAs, this is the ideal meeting for you!

Register now for the 2015 FCCS — Fundamental Critical Care Support
Management principles for the first 24 hours of critical care. Two-day course — 16 hours of CME and Certificate of Completion and card.
    Course Purpose
  • To better prepare the nonintensivist for the first 24 hours of management of the critically ill patient until transfer or appropriate critical care consultation can be arranged.
  • To assist the nonintensivist in dealing with sudden deterioration of the critically ill patient.
  • To prepare house staff for ICU coverage.
  • To prepare critical care practitioners to deal with acute deterioration in the critically ill patient.
Course will be held before the 15th Annual AASPA CME Meeting at the Hilton Suites Chicago/Magnificent Mile.

Register today!


INDUSTRY NEWS


Healthcare fraud and blowing the whistle
By Keith Carlson
We've all heard the news before; healthcare fraud — especially Medicare and insurance fraud — is more common than we think. Fraud occurs in home health, hospitals, physician offices and other facilities. Healthcare professionals who find themselves potentially entangled in a fraudulent situation should immediately report the suspected abuse to the appropriate authorities.
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MERS outbreak shows old habits die hard in South Korea
Medical Xpress
South Korea's growing MERS outbreak has laid bare the country's poor handling of disasters despite President Park Geun-Hye's pledge to overhaul public safety measures following last year's ferry disaster, experts say. Since the first case was diagnosed on May 20, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome has spread at an alarmingly rapid pace in Asia's fourth-largest economy, infecting 166 people and killing 24 of them in less than a month.
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Physician assistant is one of the hottest careers around
Star Telegram
A physician assistant works with doctors and nurses examining patients, diagnosing injuries and illnesses, and prescribing medicine. This year, Forbes listed it as No. 1 among "The Ten Most Promising Jobs of 2015." The demand at the Health Science Center has grown more than 400 percent in the last 10 years.
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Hospitals can reduce deaths by reducing medication
Quartz
A recent analysis grading more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals on safety gave more than 1,000 of them a C or worse. One way to make hospital care much safer and somewhat less expensive is to reduce the number of medicines people are on when they are in the hospital.
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New drug triggers tissue regeneration: Faster regrowth and healing of damaged tissues
Medical Xpress
The concept sounds like the stuff of science fiction: take a pill, and suddenly new tissues grow to replace damaged ones. Researchers at Case Western Reserve and UT Southwestern Medical Center recently announced that they have taken significant steps toward turning this once-improbable idea into a vivid reality.
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Research review finds mHealth tools increase physician workload, disrupt workflow
Fierce Mobile Healthcare
Mobile health tools have the ability to empower patients and providers. However, increased workload and disturbed workflow are seen are barriers to use, according to a new research paper published in Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Providers often also fear that costs – from device purchases to long-term technology platform deployment and management – could be major headaches, the report says.
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Global medical robotic systems market expected to reach $17,901.5 million by 2020
Med Gadget
Growing geriatric population base is expected to increase the demand for minimally invasive robotic surgeries owing to the fact that old age increases the susceptibility towards disorders such as orthopedics, neurological and others. Surgical robots dominated the overall market in terms of shares at over 65 percent in 2013 majorly owing to their high usage and market penetration rates and the presence of a relatively larger number of R&D programs aimed at new product development.
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Best practices highlighted to prevent infections during healthcare laundry process
Medical Xpress
Proper laundering and handling are important in achieving and maintaining the hygienically-clean quality of healthcare fabrics and textiles delivered to the point of care, according to a new review that highlights evidence-based strategies to inhibit potentially serious contamination. The review, based on findings and recommendations from peer-reviewed studies, as well as current standards and guidelines, is published online in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.
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Virtual credit card fees amount to 3 to 5 percent of payments
Physician's Briefing
Payment with virtual credit cards (VCCs) is associated with considerable fees, although physicians are often unaware of these charges, according to the American Medical Association. For each payment with a VCC, physicians are charged fees that typically amount to 3 to 5 percent of the total payment. In an informal survey of over 1,100 participants, more than two-thirds reported receiving VCC payments, and 86 percent showed that these payments increased over the last year. More than 40 percent of respondents were unaware of the fees involved.
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Physician re-entry remains 'expensive and time-consuming'
Fierce Project Management
Physicians' path to re-entry after a prolonged break from practicing hasn't gotten much smoother amid a growing workforce shortage in primary care, according to an article from Kaiser Health News. The best approach, FiercePracticeManagement reported previously, is for physicians to keep their credentials up-to-date even if they suspend their practices.
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Research team issued patent for new anesthesia monitoring technology
Medical Xpress
A team of researchers from Wayne State University was recently issued a U.S. patent (# 8,998,808) on a technology that will offer anesthesiologists better methods for monitoring and managing patients in the operating room. General anesthesia decisions on dosages are challenging and depend on patient medical conditions, surgical procedures, drug interactions, and physiological variables such as blood pressure and heart rate. Therefore, drug impact is difficult to predict subjectively and manually, and depends on extensive clinical experience and highly sharpened vigilance.
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